I really want to please God, but sometimes I have a hard time knowing what His will is. I used to think it was like a secret code, hidden, something that I had to “figure out”. While the bible does talk about certain mysteries, things no man will understand here on Earth, I certainly believe that God wants us to be able to know and do His will. And figuring it out is really not that complicated. Many times, I complicate it myself when I know what God is telling me, but would prefer to hear something different.
God is a perfect Father and friend. How many good fathers would want to make it difficult for their children to understand what they wanted from them?
To find out God’s will for my life or my week or my day or my minute, I need to begin with His word. So often, we can tend to elevate our experiences or feelings above scripture…bad idea. To know the mind of God, I look at what He’s already told me about myself. Satan can counterfeit the warm fuzzy feelings we associate with the Holy Spirit and even counterfeit miracles, so I must line up my feelings and experiences to the word of God.
2 Timothy 2:15
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
God never contradicts His word….no matter how I feel about a particular situation….no matter how “right” or “wrong” it feels at the time. For instance, no matter how much you don’t feel love for your husband, God is not telling you to divorce him. I know this because His word says that God hates divorce and that it’s not lawful except in cases of adultery….even then, He still hates it. ( you certainly should never stay in an abusive situation). So, no matter how loved, cherished and downright awesome that guy at my office makes me feel, if he’s not my husband, a relationship with him ( sexual or emotional) is definitely not God’s will.
Feelings are indicators, not dictators and can’t be trusted as the only way, or the primary way, we determine what God is saying to us.
Henry Blackaby in the study “Experiencing God” says God speaks through the Bible, prayer, circumstance and the Church. God’s invitation to do His will, will lead to a crisis of belief, that requires major adjustments in your life. Through obedience, I will gain a deeper understanding of God’s character and be able to trust Him more and more…..and get better and better at “cracking the code”